Status of management effort in 153 marine protected areas across the English Channel

Rodriguez-Rodriguez, D. and Sciberras, M. and Foster, N. L. and Attrill, M. J. (2015) Status of management effort in 153 marine protected areas across the English Channel. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 94 (1-2). pp. 168-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.02.036

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A conceptual framework was developed for assessing the sub-level of protection in 185 multiple-use marine protected areas (MPAs) in the English Channel through a survey on management effort. Data were retrieved from 153 MPAs: 4.56% were assigned low management effort, 83.70% were assigned medium management effort, and 11.76% were assigned high management effort. Overall, French MPAs performed better in terms of management effort than English MPAs and lack of consistency in ratings by different management bodies in England was found. Lack of correlation between management effort and conservation status within an available subset of 13 MPAs suggests that management may not be as influential a factor for the effective conservation of MPAs, especially in marine environments under heavy human pressure such as the English Channel. It is suggested that MPAs in such areas may therefore require an upgrade of their legal level of protection to be effective.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Ocean Sciences
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 02:21
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:48
ISSN: 0025-326
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4975
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.02.036
Publisher: Elsevier
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